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Make a Halloween Chalkboard Serving Tray

Serve Halloween guests in style with this easy-to-create and totally customizable chalkboard tray.

Janell Beals, Isabella & Max Rooms
Tray of Tricks and Treats

Materials Needed:

  • unfinished or old wooden tray
  • tinted primer
  • chalkboard paint
  • paintbrush
  • fine-grit sanding pad
  • tack cloth
  • towel
  • chalk

Source Tray

If tray has a painted or varnished layer, thoroughly sand it to remove any existing finish.

Materials for Chalkboard Tray

Apply Primer

Brush on an even layer of tinted primer; allow to dry for three hours.

Painting the Tray

Sand Surfaces

Sand off any rough or raised areas, then wipe clean with tack cloth to ensure a smooth, dust-free surface.

Examining Your Tray

Apply Paint

Brush on an even layer of chalkboard paint; allow to dry for three hours.

Painting the Tray

Treat Tray Surface With Chalk

Prepare tray for writing by covering surfaces using a large chalk stick on its side (Image 1). This allows all future markings to be fully erasable. Rub chalk into surfaces then wipe away with a towel (Image 2). Complete your spooktacular tray with your favorite Halloween phrase or a message to your guests.

  • Adding Details With Chalk
  • Erasing the Chalkboard
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